Environmental Studies Earth Issues Seminars

Coordinated by the Environmental Studies Department, Earth Issues is a series of public lectures and discussions on topics within the fields of Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. The seminars are designed to complement the Environmental Studies curriculum by encouraging students to engage in discussion of current environmental issues, practice life-long learning, and build a sense of academic community.


If you are a student, faculty member, alumnus or professional in the field of environmental studies or environmental science, and you are interested in presenting an Earth Issues Seminar, please let us know. To volunteer as a student host, suggest topics for future seminars, RSVP, or for more information email the Environmental Studies Technician.

Earth Issues Seminar Series - Spring 2014

Join Environmental Studies, students, faculty and staff for the Earth Issues Seminar Series!

Seminars are held the first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 PM in Kaufman 179 (unless otherwise specified).   


Thurs., 1/30 - "Carlisle's Future:   Balancing Environmental & Economic Concerns" Panel discussion with George Pomeroy, professor, Shippensburg University; Kirk Stoner, director of planning, Cumberland County; Nathan Wolf, attorney, Wolf & Wolf; John Henson, moderator, professor, Dickinson College. Co-sponsored with Clarke Forum, Stern Center, Great Room, 7 PM


Wed., 2/5 - "Experience in Grassroots Environmental Activism,"  Kim Van Fleet, ES & Biology adjunct professor, Dickinson College

Wed., 2/18 - "The Importance of Geoenvironmental Science Education at the High School Level," Bruce Rowland & Kevin Spicer, Carlisle High School.  Co-sponsored with the ERSC Seminar Series. HUB Side Rooms 205 & 206, 12:00-1:00 PM

Wed., 2/19 - "Maggie Allio, Office of Watersheds, Philadelphia Water Department


Wed., 3/5 - "Regal Fritillary butterflies:  a story of land use changes, conservation mistakes, and military rescue,"  Betty Ferster, ES adjunct professor, Dickinson College

Wed., 3/19 - Kristin Wilson, research associate, University of New England; director of research, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve


Wed., 4/2 - Jerry Lee Miller, Citizens Climate Lobby

Mon., 4/21 - "Education for Sustainable Development:  Can We Address the Oxymoron and Link Student Training with Critical Self Reflection?," Professor Michael Heiman, Environmental Studies Department, Dickinson College

Wed., 4/23 - Student Research Presentations

Wed., 4/30 - Student Research Presentations 

Past Earth Issues Seminars 

Fall 2013/Earth Issues Seminar Schedule

Join Environmental Studies students, faculty and staff for the Earth Issues Seminar Series!

Seminars are held every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm in Kaufman 179.  Enjoy pizza at 4:30 pm before the presentation!   Please RSVP to thorpee@dickinson.edu by 12:00 noon the day of the seminar.


Wed. 9/4 - Study Abroad Experiences of ENST and ENSC Majors

Wed. 9/18 - Greg Howard, "(Not) Burning Down the House:  Controversy over Flame Retardants"


Wed. 10/2 - Jennifer Elick, "The Centralia Mine Fire:  50 years later"  Associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Susquehanna University

Wed. 10/16 - Kristin Strock, "What can algae tell us about centuries of climate change in the Great Lakes Region?"


Wed. 11/6 - TBA

Wed. 11/20 - TBA


Wed. 12/4 - Student Research Presentations

Spring 2013 Earth Issues Schedule

Join Environmental Studies faculty, staff, and students as we experiment with a new discussion-based format for our Earth Issues Seminars. The spring 2013 semester will bring many exciting and environmentally relevant presenters to campus via the Clarke Forum Theme: “Living in a World of Limits”. We are looking forward to hosting informal discussions and networking opportunities in the wake of several of these presentations. Refreshments will be served.

ES Social and Post-Lecture Discussion: Will Technology Save the World?
Wednesday, January 30
4:30-6:00 in the ES Lounge (across from Kaufman 118)
Please RSVP by 12:00 noon on 1/30 or request more information: edenbov@dickinson.edu

Environmental Science Faculty Candidate Lectures and Discussion Dinners
SAVE THE DATES: February 4 – 15
email edenbov@dickinson.edu for more information

ERSC & Earth Issues Seminar: “Mill Dams and Legacy Sediments: the 18th and 19th c. “gifts” that keep on giving”, Prof. Jeffery Niemitz
Tuesday, February 12
12:05 PM, HUB side rooms 205-206

ERSC & Earth Issues Seminar: The Natural History Mosaic
Thursday, February 21
5:00 pm, location TBD

ES Social/ Post-Lecture Discussion on Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Extraction
Wednesday, March 6
4:30- 6:00pm in ES lounge (across from Kaufman 118)

ES Social/ Post-Lecture Discussion on Designing Resilience
Thursday, March 28
4:30- 6:00pm in ES lounge (across from Kaufman 118)

Earth Issues Seminar with Inge Mose, German scholar on sustainable tourism and landscape conservation
Wednesday, April 3
5:00pm, lecture title and location TBA

ES Social/ Post-Lecture Discussion on the Climate Change Fight
Friday, April 12
12:00 noon in ES lounge (across from Kaufman 118)

Student Research Presentations (w/ pizza)
last week of classes: dates, times and locations TBD

ENST Spring Picnic
Friday, May 3 (tentative), location TBD